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Olympus 40-150Mm F/4-5.6 Ii R - Good Buy?

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#1 Aushiker

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Posted 02 October 2014 - 10:40 PM

I have a chance to buy a second hand Olympus 40-150mm f/4-5.6 II R for AU$160 which will be my first zoom. My only other lens at the moment is a Olympus 17mm f/1.8. These are being used on a OM-D EM-1.

 

Anyway any thoughts on the 40-150mm f/4-5.6 II R?

 

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Posted 01 June 2015 - 07:15 PM

I have one: it is a 'good' starter zoom lens and for your quoted price I recommend you buy it. As you know it is not a fast lens but still has the Olympus quality in it. I also have 3 other f1.8 lens which I enjoy a lot. And I am awaiting delivery of the Olympus 12-40 f2.8 lens which will be my true walk around lens! The reviews of it are excellent. All this to say: buy the 40-150 but start saving for the 12-40 f1.8. Actually the one I'm buying is used also thereby saving about US$200.
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Posted 01 June 2015 - 09:05 PM

I ended up getting one and it is okay. The new price now in Australia is $99.

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Posted 02 June 2015 - 09:20 AM

Just want to mention that there is a sale on this lens in USA for $120 right now. I just ordered it (I didn't get it as part of the kit when I bought my E-M10 a few weeks ago).


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Posted 16 June 2015 - 05:48 AM

I have both the 40-150 2.8 pro as well as the 4-5.6 and wouldn't hesitate to recommend the 4-5.6 to those considering it (as long as they were shooting a body with IBIS). I think of all the m4/3 lenses I've purchased, I'd consider this one the greatest bargain I've found to date.  Currently it's around $120 U.S. which is less than a tenth of what the 2.8 goes for. The optics are certainly not equal to the 2.8 and the 4-5.6 lacks the weather sealing, etc., etc. of the pro lens. (Lots of etcs.) If you've got a couple of grand to spare and are choosing between one or the other you'll probably want to go with the 2.8. BUT the 4-5.6 honestly gets MUCH better images than one might expect given the price, is MUCH lighter and much more compact. (In this case, I think the plastic nature of the lens works in its favor for a variety of reasons.) I know the usual advice is to hold off and save for better glass rather than buy lesser things along the way, but I really don't regret having purchased this one. If you're not in the market for the more expensive 40-150 or want the flexibility of the same focal length but in a smaller/lighter form factor, for roughtly $120 it's very much worth having in one's kit. Even now having purchased the 2.8, I have no intention of parting with the 4-5.6. As much as I enjoy the speed and image qualtiy boost of the new lens, there are times it just isn't going to fit in a bag, times I'll want that focal length but not feel like being so conspicuous, etc.


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Posted 16 June 2015 - 06:17 AM

I agree. This idea of having BOTH a "kit" lens and an upgrade to it seems to be more common nowadays because the camera companies have GREATLY improved their "kit" lenses (at least most have). So it is definitely worth having a lens like the 40-150 f4-5.6 when you want to travel light, which is often the whole point with having a m4/3 setup.

For example, in the Canon system, I often use the 18-55 STM kit lens instead of my better Sigma 17-50 when I want to travel small and light (especially with an SL1 DSLR). You give up almost no image quality, IMHO. Same with the Oly m4/3 offerings.
 


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Posted 29 September 2015 - 04:47 PM

What's the difference between the "R" model and the non-"R" model?





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